Unlike Wi-Fi, a rival wireless standard that operates at shorter distances, WiMax networks allow the high-speed transmission of information over distances of several kilometres.
Some telecommunications companies have expressed interest in using WiMax wireless technologies to replace traditional copper wires or fibre optic cable in the "last mile" between their data backbones and customers' homes.
Cisco said the Navini deal would enhance its existing wireless business. It would also allow Cisco to extend its push into the world's least-developed economies, which suffer from poor telecommunications infrastructure.
So it's just the thing for really wealthy people, and really poor people too. Three times the data, twice the efficiency, at half the cost of the existing standard. WiMax: It's a uniter, not a divider.